Dykes: Arizona QB competition even heading into camp

July, 21, 2009
7/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Couple more interesting things from my conversation with Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes...

While most post-spring accounts -- including mine -- wrote that Matt Scott led the quarterback competition with Nick Foles, Dykes nipped that in the bud.

So who takes the first snaps?

"We'll rotate them and make sure they get as many reps as they can with the starters so we can get a good evaluation on them," Dykes said. "But honestly, they came out of spring pretty even. I think when we went back and looked at the [film] cut-ups, I think it was a little bit more even than we thought it was. The big thing is we want to try to find one. I've always been a believer in the old adage that if you've got two [quarterbacks] that means you really don't have one. But this situation is making me see things a little bit differently."

The question was restated: Is Scott at least slightly ahead because most beat writer accounts said he was?

"I don't think so. I think it depends on who you talk to," Dyke said. "I think the dimension that separates [Scott] a little bit is his ability to run. But he's 195 pounds. If he runs it 15-20 times a game, he's not going to last very long."

Dykes added: "For me, the real important time for quarterbacks is the summer, to see how hard those guys work and how much film they watch and how they develop in the summer. That's when guys always seem to make a big move."

Dykes also seemed aware that most preseason prognostications have the Wildcats slipping back in the Pac-10 pecking order after losing offensive tackle Eben Britton, receiver Mike Thomas and quarterback Willie Tuitama.

He seemed confident that the wouldn't be the case.

"I don't think people realize how much good young depth we have on our offensive line," he said.

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